Once Again Relevant, NATO Will Now Be Judged on Effectiveness

U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, OSCE Chairperson Didier Burkhalter at the NATO summit in Wales, Sept. 5, 2014 (NATO photo).
U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, OSCE Chairperson Didier Burkhalter at the NATO summit in Wales, Sept. 5, 2014 (NATO photo).
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Last week’s NATO summit in Wales was a mixed bag, with the alliance marking strong progress on some fronts but proving less successful on others. Nevertheless, the fact that the summit took place under such heavy scrutiny highlights NATO’s resurgence from an alliance that many in recent years claimed had lost its relevance in meeting Europe’s security challenges. The summit’s immediate focus was on reaffirming alliance solidarity against Russian aggression. President Barack Obama’s major speech in Estonia shortly before the summit helped set the stage by making clear that the United States was committed to the defense of that country, […]

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